My First Murderer

My First Murderer

Vladimir Vertlib

In the title story, "My First Murderer", a man with a previously spotless record is sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter. Are his acts in any way connected to his father's role in World War II?

In "A Beautiful Bastard", a woman tells the story of her family and how her father was variously German, half-Jewish, a Czech national, a faithful Christian, and a committed Social Democrat. Struggle for survival under changing political systems forces the family to continually assume new identities.

In "After the Victory", two friends, Robert and Karl, escape from Nazi Germany. After a hair-raising journey, Karl ends up in the Foreign Legion; Robert is arrested and must go to war for the Nazi regime. Many years later, the friends meet again and discover that they have fought, each against his will, in opposing armies.

My First Murderer

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